State

Passengers scrambled to get off train after crash

CHICAGO (AP) — Passengers on a Chicago Transit Authority train that plowed into an escalator at O'Hare International Airport say they screamed and were shaken by a strong jolt during the collision.

Twenty-one-year-old Dion Stokes tells the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/1pvQoXJ ) he was standing in a car when the train ran past a barrier, over a platform and up the escalator at the underground station.

He says he saw a fellow passenger "on the floor being thrown back and forth."

Stokes sprained his ankle and was one of more than 30 people who were hurt during Monday's derailment.

Sixty-year-old James Winfield says passengers were "hollering." He adds: "people were scrambling, trying to get off the train."

The union representing the train operator says fatigue may have played a role in the crash.

___

Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.